Events

  1. SMGS Snowsports
  2. Scots Race

    2017 Scots Race

    9 July - 10 September
  3. Redlands Cup
  4. Boarders’ Parent Meeting

    17 July @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm AEST

News

  • AIS free concussion baseline testing – Tuesday 27 June

    This year SMGS has arranged to receive free concussion baseline testing. This testing will be conducted by the Australian Institute of Sport, Australian National University and Canberra University, who will be visiting the school on Tuesday 27th June (first week of school holidays) and is available for students 12 years and over. The results of […]
  • 2017 Redlands Cup – SMGS Start List

    Yes, it’s that time of year again! SMGS is getting ready for the much-anticipated Term 2 break, the 2017 ESA and ‘Term 3 only’ cohort arriving, and the completion of the new boarding accommodation block. Many of our staff and students have already been enjoying the start to the ski season by getting in some […]
  • Local pirates make a splash for kids with cancer!

      On Friday 9 June, Snowy Mountains Grammar School will embrace their inner scally-wags and dress up like pirates for childrens’ cancer research. It’s the 3rd annual “Pirate Day Friday”, a national fundraiser that encourages children, office workers and whole towns to dress up and give a gold coin donation for the privilege. All funds […]
  • You are hereby summoned to a Mad Hatter Trivia Night!

      Don’t be late for a very important date! The P&F Trivia night is just around the corner on Friday 9th June 2017. Doors open at 6:30pm! $15 at the door, bring your own drinks and dinner! Please ensure you rsvp to pandf@smgs.nsw.edu.au We hope to see you there!  

Approach to Learning

//Approach to Learning

“National and international evidence (shows) that a teacher’s effectiveness has a powerful impact on students, with broad consensus that teacher quality is the single most important in-school factor influencing student achievement. Effective teachers can be a source of inspiration and, equally importantly, provide a dependable and consistent influence on young people as they make choices about further education, work and life.”

(Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, 2011)

At Snowy Mountains Grammar School, we inspire students every day in and out of the classroom. Our teachers are passionate professionals who care about every child.

In the Junior School we educate the whole child – intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, physically and socially. Every child has their own unique talents and we provide a caring, safe and supportive environment with many opportunities to develop their sense of self throughout their educational journey.

Our teaching approach stems from our Teaching and Learning Framework, based on the current Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, and also fuses the practical instructional elements of The Art and Science of Teaching developed by world-renowned educational expert, Robert Marzano PhD, author of more than 30 books on highly effective classroom teaching and student learning.

The approach to learning in our Junior School:

  • uses evidence-based instructional design methodologies and pedagogies
  • is rigorous, challenging, relevant for the 21st century, engaging and enjoyable
  • promotes high standards of literacy and numeracy as fundamental
  • includes a balanced curriculum which also includes art, science, PE, language, music, social sciences and more, with specialist teachers in some areas
  • involves contemporary practice, blending technology into lesson design
  • considers a personalised and differentiated learning experience because we recognise students learn differently
  • offers learning support and learning extension
  • uses internal and external assessment data to further inform teachers about our curriculum design as well as adjust delivery of concepts in the classroom
  • at all times promotes high levels of respect among and to all members of the classroom and school community, where each child is valued
  • enables very high levels of participation, opportunities and recognition in a wide range of curriculum and co-curricular events, owing to our smaller classes and school community
  • has excellent modern, spacious, well-equipped classrooms.
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Recent posts from the Junior School

SMGS’ Junior School jump for heart health on Monday 19 June

By | June 16th, 2017|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School|

The students from Snowy Mountains Grammar School are jumping for heart health by participating in the Heart Foundation’s Jump Rope for Heart program and the fight against heart disease. SMGS has joined hundreds of schools [...]

‘Mr Huff’ performance, using musical theatre to explore emotions and understand feelings

By | June 5th, 2017|Categories: Junior School, Pastoral Care|

On Monday 29th May, the intrepid Meerkat performers from Melbourne battled freezing temperatures and snowfalls over the Alpine Way to present a fantastic interpretation of the popular book, Mr Huff, written by Anna Walker. SMGS [...]

SMGS Cross-Country Carnival – Notes, Quotes, Results and Gallery

By | April 24th, 2017|Categories: Co-Curricular, Junior School, Senior School|

The annual SMGS Cross-Country carnival was held on 22nd March 2017 at The Station Resort in the foothills of the spectacular Snowy Mountains.  Thankfully the weather held out and allowed for a great day of [...]